Amid rising strategies that George Russell will make the switch to Mercedes next season, Williams could nicely desire to maintain maintain of its different driver to make sure some continuity.
Requested forward of the Belgian Grand Prix if every thing was pointing in the direction of a contract extension for Latifi, Capito stated: “Yeah, appears to be like like, I might say.”
Latifi himself has made no secret of the truth that he wish to keep on with Williams for a 3rd season in 2022, having scored his first F1 factors on the Hungarian Grand Prix when he completed seventh.
He stated on Thursday that he felt he was now skilled sufficient to imagine the lead driver function if Russell’s change to Mercedes is confirmed.
Requested if he felt the Hungary end result would assist his trigger, Latifi stated: “I positively suppose the results of Budapest will not damage my case, how a lot it provides to it, I suppose it is probably not for me to determine.
“The staff is aware of from behind the scenes what I am able to delivering. Budapest was a novel scenario, however I did present I used to be capable of capitalise when the chance got here, which is essential in Formulation 1 typically in breakthrough performances.”
Nicholas Latifi, Williams, within the Press Convention
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Capito reckoned that by the top of this 12 months the staff would think about Latifi being robust sufficient to steer the squad if vital.
“Possibly not now but, however he’s enhancing actually race by race, and I am certain when by the top of the season he’s prepared to try this,” he defined.
“Particularly his character is in the appropriate spot to steer the staff. He works very nicely with the engineers, he’s very motivational. He’s very clear in his course, the place he needs a automobile to develop and he’s very a lot appreciated by the staff, and he’s demanding.
“So I believe additionally he realized so much with George, as they work collectively they spend loads of time collectively on and off the observe. So it is a incredible relationship, and I am certain by finish of the season Niki might be in that place that he can lead the staff.”
If Russell does go away for Mercedes, then Williams has a variety of choices. It may promote improvement driver Jack Aitken, or hand an F1 return to skilled drivers like Nico Hulkenberg or Daniil Kvyat. Valtteri Bottas can be another choice.